Hong Kong Kammeroper presents in collaboration with Methodist International Church and American Vocal Studio
24.05.2019 FRIDAY 7:30PM
25.05.2019 SATURDAY 2:30PM AND 7:30PM
Opera for Babies
Cat Tales is a 40 minute children’s show that features two cats on a musical journey. The show demonstrates the value of friendship and cooperation while introducing children to the world of opera music. Countless studies have demonstrated the benefits of early exposure to classical music, but there are virtually no shows created for children. Cat Tales, featuring Soprano Yuki Ip, Baritone Albert Lim, directed by Dr. Stefan Gordon and designs by Dr Michelle Lange, is an original pastiche designed to educate children about opera music in a way that is interacting, fun, entertaining and accessible.
Soprano: Yuki Ip
Hong Kong soprano, Yuki Ip’s major performances include being the featured soloist with José Carreras for the inaugural season of the National Centre of the Performing Arts, Beijing, China; Nedda in R. Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacciand Cio-Cio Sanin G. Puccini’s Madame Butterflywith MusicaViva, Hong Kong, and soprano soloist in her European debut at the Basilica di San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy in G. Pergolesi’sStabat Mater. Miss Ip was the soprano soloist in J.S. Bach’sB Minor Massand Haydn’s Die Schöpfungunder the baton of Maestro Helmuth Rilling.
Recently she performed as soprano soloist in Xian Xinghai’s Yellow River Cantatawith the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra; soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and H. Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No.5in in Verona and Cremona, Italy. Ms Ip was guest soloist at the Shanghai World Exposition with Shanghai Opera House Orchestra and Micaëlain Bizet’s Carmenwith Le French May Festival Hong Kong.
Miss Ip obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree (Honors) from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and a Master of Music Degree from New England
Conservatory of Music in Boston, USA. Miss Ip was RTHK Radio 4 Artist in Residence 2014. She currently is Director at Ip's Musik and faculty member at the American Vocal Studio, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Chinese University Hong Kong and Baptist University. Although, her proudest role is being mother to two year old, Lars!
Baritone: Albert Lim
Albert Lim is one of the most active baritones in Hong Kong. Lim is trained at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, from which he received the Advanced Diploma and Bachelor of Music degree. Lim was admitted to the Royal College of Music in London, graduating with distinction from the Postgraduate Diploma programme in vocal studies.
With his remarkable stage presence and fine lyrical singing, Lim has appeared frequently in opera and concert performances presented by Opera Hong Hong. In 2011, Lim has performed with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, as the featured soloist in the Faure Requiem concert with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and has made solo appearances in the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s educational concerts.As a highly versatile singer, Lim is equally at home in the pop music scene. He has shared the stage with Cantopop star, Hacken Lee, and Taiwanese singer, Jeff Zhang. Lim has also recorded several Cantonese vocal covers of Disney animation movies, including Lady and the Tramp, Enchanted and Lava. As a devoted Christian, Lim has taken part in the recordings produced by ShareHymns Association Limited, a non-profit making Christian music organization in Hong Kong.
In addition to his stage appearances, Lim keeps a busy schedule giving vocal tuition to students at all levels. Lim is currently a faculty member of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Director at Aria Academy of Music. He is also the choral conductor of the Hong Kong Children Choir.
Pianist: Ronald Cheung
Grew up in Canada, collaborative pianist Ronald Cheung enjoys a versatile career as répétiteur, vocal coach, chamber musician, and conductor. In March 2016, he was the répétiteur for Anna Netrebko Asian Tour in collaboration with Hong Kong Arts Festival. He is a scholarship recipient for Songfest 2012 in Los Angeles, where he attended masterclasses and coachings by distinguished artists including Margo Garrett, Martin Katz, and Graham Johnson. He spent two consecutive years working with diction legendary Nico Castel at Opera NUOVA at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, along with other coaches and singers from the Metropolitan Opera and Canadian Opera Company. He had also worked with French specialists François LeRoux and Rosemary Langry at Vancouver International Song Institute at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Ronald serves as Artistic Director of STU Melody and Handbell Ensemble at Shantou University. He is a part-time faculty at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and has been working as répértiteur for Opera Hong Kong and Musica Viva. He collaborates with Yip’s Children’s Choir as conductor, pianist, and coach, and appears in concerts throughout the world every year with its concert tours. In November 2014, with his passion in vocal repertory, poetry and languages, Ronald founded DictionLab, where he promotes and shares his knowledge in lyric diction and poetry to the community.
Director: Dr Stefan Gordon
Stefan Gordon has performed in operas, theaters, churches, and in concert in productions throughout Europe, America, and the greater China region. He has created two leading roles in American opera premieres and has several recordings with Albany Records.
Dr. Gordon is also an international stage director, and has directed shows in Europe, Asia, and America. His 2015 production of Nozze di Figaro ran for over 200 shows in Vienna, Austria. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University, a Master of music from Florida State, and a Bachelor of music from the University of Utah. Dr Gordon currently serves as faculty at the American Vocal Studio in Hong Kong.
Producer: Eric Monson
Eric Monson, has been performing around the world for over 25 years. He has been fortunate to work with several Grammy and Tony award winners throughout his career and maintains a steady schedule of producing, performing, conducting, arranging vocal charts, and teaching. In 1998, after several years of producing choir festivals at Disney parks and in cities around the world, Eric decided to form Metro Vocal Group. Metro Vocal Group has been performing around the world ever since, receiving over 25 million views on various online platforms, and are known for their ability to sing in Cantonese, Mandarin and Korean. This has included multiple performances on Hunan TV and CCTV, Tokyo and Hong Kong Disney, and collaborated with such artists as G.E.M., Hacken Lee, and Hanjin, to name a few.
As an individual performer, Eric has combined his Disney talents with his love of children, narrating children’s symphonies for several seasons with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. In 2008, Eric started his own company, the American Vocal Studio in Hong Kong, to provide students with vocal and a cappella training, and in 2019 became one of the founding directors of Hong Kong Kammeroper, creating intimate, interactive settings for opera throughout Asia.